The DGA gave Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) “another $1 million last month, spokespeople for Northam and the DGA said Monday.” (National Journal)
California billionaire Tom Steyer’s super PAC, NextGen America, “is giving $1 million to immigrant advocates in Virginia to mobilize voters in November’s state elections. … The $1 million will help advocates turn out the vote in immigrant communities through mailers, door-knocking and social media campaigns that will target Fairfax and Prince William counties, focusing on the races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.” (Washington Post)
Anti-abortion rights group Susan B. Anthony List “is planning to run digital advertisements on behalf of Gillespie later this year.”
“But Democrats say that supporting abortion rights is a winning stance for them in Virginia. … Geoffrey Garin, a pollster for the Northam campaign, said his initial surveys showed Gillespie’s comment during a primary debate that he would ‘like to see abortion be banned’ drew some of the sharpest reaction from voters in the heavily populated areas of Northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads.”
“Asked about Gillespie’s views on abortion, his spokesman … responds that Northam’s views ‘are outside the mainstream’ and that the lieutenant governor supports late-term abortions — which are illegal in Virginia and opposed by most voters. Northam has said that the timing of abortions should be determined by a woman and her doctor, but he does not want to change the state law that limits late-term abortions.” (Washington Post)
The RGA-funded A Stronger Virginia PAC last week reported spending $5,000 on digital ads opposing Northam. (Virginia Public Access Project)
COMPARED TO TRUMP, AT LEAST. Post editorial board: “An encouraging aspect of Virginia’s gubernatorial election this fall is the civility of the two candidates, Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam. So far, at least, in pinch-me-I-may-be-dreaming contrast to so many recent state and congressional campaigns around the country, the race, featuring a pair of understated moderates, has been partisan but not personal, and determinedly non-incendiary.” (Washington Post)
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